Drug Court Services for Female Offenders, 1996-1999

Research Report

Drug Court Services for Female Offenders, 1996-1999

Evaluation of the Brooklyn Treatment Court

Abstract

The Brooklyn Treatment Court (BTC) began in 1996 as a pilot demonstration project at The Kings County Supreme Court (NY) to test the feasibility and effectiveness of reducing drug use and crime by linking drug-addicted defendants in drug felony cases to drug treatment and support services, under the close supervision of the court. The results of the evaluation indicate that BTC provided substantial drug treatment and supervision for severely addicted women facing drug felony charges and that the program resulted in significant improvements in the level of drug use and re-offending among program participants. Using high professional standards for drug treatment in general, and drug courts in particular, BTCs implementation of the model and provision of treatment was outstanding.

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